From the 166th Judicial District Court, Bexar County, Texas
Trial Court No. 2019-CI-03609
Honorable Rosie Alvarado, Judge Presiding
On June 24, 2019, after Appellant Patrick Minor failed to timely file a brief or a motion for extension of time to file the brief, we ordered Appellant to show cause in writing by July 5, 2019, why this appeal should not be dismissed for want of prosecution. See TEX. R. APP. P. 38.8(a), 42.3(b), (c); Elizondo v. City of San Antonio, 975 S.W.2d 61, 63 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 1998, no pet.). We advised Appellant that his written response must include a reasonable explanation for his failure to timely file the brief. See TEX. R. APP. P. 38.8(a).
Appellant, representing himself, timely filed a handwritten, three-page response. In his response, Appellant asserts various facts and then prays that this court will award him damages and punitive damages against St. Philip's College. Appellant does not include a reasonable explanation for his failure to timely file the brief.
We construe Appellant's response as an appellant's brief, but Appellant's brief does not comply with Rule 38.1 of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure. See TEX. R. APP. P. 38.1. Specifically, the brief does not include the following:
• Identity of Parties and Counsel,
• Table of Contents,
• Index of Authorities,
• Statement of the Case,
• Any Statement Regarding Oral Argument,
• Issues Presented,
• Statement of Facts (that complies with the Rules),
• Summary of the Argument,
• an Appendix (that complies with the Rules),
• Certificate of Compliance, or
• Certificate of Service.
See id. R. 9.4, 9.5, 38.1. The brief has these additional defects.
• No part of the brief contains any citations to the record. Contra id. R. 38.1(g) ("The statement [of facts] must be supported by record references."); id. R. 38.1(i) ("The brief must contain . . . appropriate citations . . . to the record.").
• The portions of the brief that may be construed as a statement of facts recite alleged facts and complaints, but the brief does not state how the trial court erred or present any legal arguments, with appropriate citations to authorities and the record, to present any legal basis for this court to reverse the trial court's judgment. Contra id.
• The brief does not recite the standard of review, and, except for a single reference to one federal statute, it contains no citations to rules or statutes, or any references to case law. Contra id. (requiring "appropriate citations to authorities").
In its current form, Appellant's brief does not present anything for appellate review.
This court may order a party to amend, supplement, or redraw a brief if it flagrantly violates Rule 38. See id. R. 38.9(a). We conclude that the defects described above constitute flagrant violations of Rule 38.
Therefore, we STRIKE Appellant's brief and ORDER Appellant Patrick Minor to file an amended brief within TEN DAYS of the date of this order. The amended brief must correct all the violations listed above and fully comply with the applicable rules. See, e.g., id. R. 9.4, 9.5, 38.1. If the amended brief does not comply with this order, we "may strike the brief, prohibit [Appellant] from filing another, and proceed as if [Appellant] had failed to file a brief." See id. R. 38.9(a); see also id. R. 38.8(a) (authorizing this court to dismiss an appeal if an appellant fails to timely file a brief).
If Appellant timely files a brief that complies with this order, Appellees' brief will be due thirty days after Appellant's brief is filed. See TEX. R. APP. P. 38.6(b).
Patricia O. Alvarez, Justice
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said court on this 9th day of July, 2019.
Keith E. Hottle,
Clerk of Court